Jul/2018

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

dave-bautista-shared-photo-russia-1224247015It looks like ‘Escape Plan 2‘ is officially a go and Sylvester Stallone will be back on screen as Ray Breslin, the man who wrote the book on structural security. In the first film from 2013, he found himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside. The sequel will not see Stallone alone though, Dave Bautista is on deck to join Sly this time around.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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This is the 4th episode of the newest podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘Media-Ocrity‘, where the show is just – okay. Here on the show, we focus strictly on horror/sci-fi, comic books, and video games – basically all the fun stuff that tickles your fancy. In our fourth episode, we discuss the new Nintendo system, movie scores, Batman, James Bond, Prince, and RE-CAST ‘Escape From New York‘, which was quite fun. This episode is guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you.  I am joined by comic book artist Jeremy Megert  and pop-culture wizard Jonathan Atterbury.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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It’s finally happening! I’ve said that a few times this week, first the crossover plan for ‘He-Man‘ and ‘Thundercats‘ comic expansion made my day. This time it’s more comic book news, but like the coolest comic book news I could bring you! ‘Big Trouble In Little China‘ and ‘Escape From New York‘ comics will have a crossover edition!!! That’s right! Kurt Russell x 2! Doublemint Kurt Russell! How much Kurt Russell can you take before it’s too much Kurt Russell? I don’t know, but I’m willing to find out! Now, let’s take a minute to calm down, I expended more energy in the first sentences than I have all week! While I’m wheezing my heart rate back to normal, let’s get the rest of the story.

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‘Escape From New York’ Re-boot Finds Writer!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Oct 12th, 2015

Hey guys, Jana here,

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We’ve known there was going to be an ‘Escape From New York‘ re-make for a while now. Fox is hoping to relaunch the property in the same way ‘Planet of the Apes‘ worked out and now we have an idea of how this film might come across now that we have a writer attached.

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Film Review: ‘No Escape’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 26th, 2015

Janet W., Here…

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No Escape opens in black with opening credits and the sound of insects chirping.  Suddenly we focus on two glasses of clear beverage.  The camera follows the waiter carrying the glasses through the hotel/mansion until they arrive at the security/food taster.  Upon receiving his approval the waiter continues to the Prime Minister of Thailand and his visitor.  You wonder if something is in the glasses and if the Prime Minister will meet his end.  They both drink and finish their meeting.  As the visitor is escorted out by security, suddenly alarms sound.  The security officer takes off for the Prime Minister.  He is found bloody and dead.  Rebels walk up to the security officer and he draws his blade.  To defend himself?  No, he slices his own throat.  Oh, right, this is a Weinstein film.  Cut to titles that transition into clouds and an airplane window.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Escape From New York’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 21st, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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THE FILM

John Carpenter’sEscape From New York‘ came out in 1981. I was born in 1981. This is not a coincidence. Ever since my dad showed me ‘Escape From New York‘, I wanted to don an eye patch, stick it to authority, and save the human race, just like Plissken does, but I knew I’d never be as cool as Plissken ever was.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you’re in the market for the ultimate copy of John Carpenter’s smash cult sensation ‘Escape From New York‘, you have until April 21 to wait! Scream Factory is reissuing a Collectors’ Edition Blu-ray that will leave all other copies in the dust.

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‘Escape From New York’ Remake Coming From Fox!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 14th, 2015

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It’s official the bidding war for ‘Escape From New York‘ was heated, but Fox has won the day and their spoils are rights to remake 1981’s sci-fi actioner that saw a lot of big names saddle up for the ride. Of course, Kurt Russell was perfect as Snake Plissken, Lee Van Clyfe, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton are just among a few of the key players.

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Hi, Bryan Here…

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I’m very skeptical about this project. The original ‘Escape from New York‘ that starred Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter is pretty much flawless. ‘Escape From LA‘ on the other hand wasn’t as good, even though it had Bruce Campbell. That being said, Hollywood, specifically producer Joel Silver has been wanting to remake the film for the better part of a decade now. But it seems as of recently, that things are picking up speed.

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Film Review: ‘Escape Plan’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 17th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here….

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I counted six one liners in the Schwarzenegger/Stallone film ‘Escape Plan‘. I was hoping for more, and when it came to Schwarzenegger’s big moment to deliver the goods, they must’ve hired a three year old, because his one-liner was pretty lame, as is much of this action thriller that finally has the two biggest action stars of the 80s together at last for an entire movie. Now before we get into the good and bad of this film, let us first discuss the director, whose name is Mikael Hafstrom, who directed the John Cusack vehicle ‘1408‘. But more interestingly, Hafstrom wrote a movie called ‘Kopps‘, which you can see a brief snippet below (it’s required viewing to proceed with the review)….

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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It’s finally happened. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are finally in a film together where the two of them are the main stars. ‘Escape Plan‘ is set to release in October of this year and actually screened at Comic Con a month ago. It received mixed reviews, but everyone seemed to enjoy it overall, especially Schwarzenegger’s performance.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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The former Doctor, David Tennant began shooting his new series today called ‘The Escape Artist‘, in which he’ll play the lead Will Burton. The series is a three part legal thriller in which Tennant’s character Burton is an insanely good lawyer who is known for getting tons of people out of tight legal situations as his nickname around town is….you guessed it, ‘The Escape Artist‘.

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NEW YORK, NY August 2, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production.

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Film Review: ‘The First Purge’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 4th, 2018

We’ve arrived at the 4th installment of The Purge, which is a prequel to the previous three films, simply titled The First Purge. The creator of this film franchise – James DeMonaco has left the director’s chair for the first time in this franchise and given the reigns to Fruitvale Station associate producer Gerard McMurray. While DeMonaco is still listed as the writer and producer of this new film, The First Purge doesn’t do really anything new, nor does it enhance anything that we haven’t already seen before in the previous films. Each Purge film has a different overall feel to it. The first movie can be described as a home invasion film, while the 2nd Purge took to the streets in a very Escape from New York kind of way, while the third film was its mostly a violent political thriller at best.

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Reconstruction of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

By Tuesday Shank

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There are three types of movies in this world for me; bad movies (which I may or may not enjoy because of or despite of their badness), good movies, and movies that annoy me.  Movies that annoy me are the ones I obsess over.

Movies that annoy me tend to be “close but no cigar” to a good movie. They annoy me, because I wish the film had gotten the cigar. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a movie that annoys the crap out of me.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was intended to be a soft reboot of the series. It was supposed to introduce new characters in a similar environment and allow the series to have a “fresh start.”  The film had absolutely everything it needed to accomplish this task. Instead, the movie is a jammed pack, convoluted, dragging two-hour film.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a huge waste of time. The first Jurassic World was light on story and by no means great, but it had a healthy dose of mindless entertainment. The sequel though, wasn’t even enjoyable. Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time. It was the first PG-13 movie I ever saw in a movie theater and I spent years playing with dinosaurs after seeing it. I love these kind of movies, but this sequel is just so, so bad. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fumbled one of the easiest plots to execute in Hollywood: Have dinosaurs attack people while Chris Pratt charms the audience.

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Presented here in 4K UHD are the first 4 ‘Jurassic Park‘ films, including ‘Jurassic Park‘, ‘Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World‘, ‘Jurassic Park 3‘, and ‘Jurassic World‘, which came out only a couple of years ago. Back in 1993, Steven Spielberg gave us the world of dinosaurs in such a moving, emotional, and entertaining way, that his first film ‘Jurassic Park‘, became a milestone in filmmaking and paved the way for a ton of creative minds over the next few years. With a mix of practical effects and state-of-the-art CGI effects, Spielberg and his crew of filmmakers created dinosaurs all over again, which became a huge phenomenon.

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Film Review: ‘Rampage’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 11th, 2018

There really isn’t any point in denying that Dwayne The Rock Johnson is the biggest movie star in Hollywood right now, but he might also be the best. Nobody, except early Will Smith, can star in, sell, and market a movie the way he can. His power to entertain audiences with ridiculous premises is undeniable. Rampage is stupid, big, and insane, but it’s also obnoxiously entertaining and a joy to watch.

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Film Review: ‘A Quiet Place’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 4th, 2018

Comedians have routinely had a tough time shaking their labels as depthless clowns, but lately some are rejecting that type-cast in cinema and using their own material to change the minds of the public. Breaking away from his best known work as Jim in ‘The Office’, John Krasinski followed Jordan Peele’sGet Out‘ lead by taking the director’s role for the opposite end of the spectrum: Horror. His cleverly silent debut thriller ‘A Quiet Place’ has inexorable intensity, satisfying character development and bona fide heartbreak. Not since ‘Signs’ has there been such a fascinatingly atmospheric creature feature!

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Dan Moran’s ‘Ready Player One’ Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 29th, 2018

Ready Player One” or “I, Spy: The Movie” is a delivery vehicle for people who need validation through nostalgia. The problem is that despite how hard it tries to milk enjoyment out of its constant nods to pop culture, it fails to say anything that’s worth remembering.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Molly’s Game’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 28th, 2018

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(This film portion was written by Beka Perlstein)

Do you have a girl crush on Jessica Chastain? Do you have a man crush on Idris Elba? If you have any combination of the two, Molly’s Game is going to make you have all the feels. This is a well done film with all the right players and script that packs a punch. Aaron Sorkin (screenplay and first time director) has taken the novel Molly’s Game and turned it into a film that at a run time of two hours and twenty minutes seems fast paced and doesn’t waste your time. While I know literally nothing about poker, this movie kept me entertained and engaged because the story wasn’t the game-it was the players.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Children of the Corn: Runaway’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 26th, 2018

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In 1977, Stephen King gave the world the short story of ‘Children of the Corn‘, which followed a rural group of kids who killed adults, because some supernatural demon told them to. Flash forward to 1984 and we got the film adaptation of King’s short story that starred a young Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor in Terminator) and Peter Horton, whose only claim to fame was being married to Michelle Pfeiffer for a brief stint in the 1980s. The film was creepy enough and had a good backstory and origin tale to deliver the goods on scares, but it never stood tall against other horror movies of the time. That didn’t stop ‘Children of the Corn‘ from becoming a small film franchise over the years. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you that there are a total of 10 ‘Children of the Corn‘ films. Yes, 10 whole feature length movies that you’ve probably never seen minus the first film. Nine of these movies have never made it to the theater, but rather home video on various formats, and there is no sign of them stopping. I’m just surprised there hasn’t been a big budget remake yet. The 10th installment is titled ‘Children of the Corn: Runaway‘, which in fact involves a runaway.

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Marvel For Dummies: ‘Iron Man’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 18th, 2018

Welcome to Marvel for Dummies the 18 part recap series where I (Dan Moran) will act as your personal J.A.R.V.I.S. and give you a broad overview of every Marvel Studios release leading up to Avengers: Infinity War.

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We’ve got the latest trailer for ‘Tomb Raider’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 18th, 2018

Hey guys, Jana here, 

It’s a new year and we’re a few days closer to the debut of the ‘Tomb Raider‘ reboot which will hit theaters March 16. The film comes from Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug (‘The Wave‘, ‘Escape‘), while the screenplay comes from screenwriters Alastair Siddons (‘Trespass Against Us‘), and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Her credits include some pretty big up and coming flicks like a ‘Dungeons & Dragons‘ film, ‘Captain Marvel‘, ‘Gotham City Sirens‘, and ‘M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand‘.

To carry out the visions of these filmmakers, they’ve brought an amazing cast on board. Alicia Vikander will take over the Lara Croft role, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, and Dominic West all lending their talents to this big-screen spectacle.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

Lionsgate is prepping the action-packed thriller ‘Acts of Violence‘ for distribution onto Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD available on March 27. The high-octane flick stars Bruce Willis (‘Die Hard‘ franchise), Ashton Holmes (‘A History of Violence‘), Shawn Ashmore (‘X-Men 2‘, and TV’s ‘The Following‘), and Cole Hauser (‘2 Fast 2 Furious‘). Hauser will forever be Benny in my mind from 1993’s ‘Dazed and ConfusedSophia Bush (‘John Tucker Must Die‘), and Mike Epps (‘Resident Evil:Extinction‘). Under the direction of Brett Donowho (‘Salvation‘)

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ is coming to 4K UHD and Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 12th, 2018

Pixar’sCoco‘ is singing it’s way to 4K UHD and Blu-ray very soon. You’ll be able to watch the film digitally on February 13. Then on February 27th, you’ll be able to purchase the 4K UHD and Blu-ray. The film will have the Dolby Vision and HDR10 options as well as the Dolby Atmos sound mix. This might be the best looking 4K UHD of 2018, and we are not even out of January yet. If you’re wanting bonus features, well it looks like there are tons of them as you can see below.

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‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’ Teaser Trailer is Here!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 3rd, 2018

There is a new animated film coming out called ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero‘, which is about a young boy who is abducted into slavery, but escapes and becomes a badass warrior. The film originally premiered at Cannes all the way back in 2015 and won Best Inspiring Movie. Since then, it’s won other awards at other film festivals across the globe. Now, it’s finally opening in the states in theaters on February 2nd, 2018. There are some good voice actors attached to this movie as well. More info below.
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4K UHD Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 2nd, 2018

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The threats of terrorism, war, chaos, and financial ruin are all too real these days.  ’The Dark Knight Rises’ dives into these issues on a massive scale, which makes any film in the Marvel universe look like mere “child’s play” (no reference to a knife-wielding murderous doll).  Compared with the other Batman movies, everything is bigger in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and there is so much more at stake.  Not one second of this film is wasted, the writing and direction is straight to the point, cohesive, and comes across as totally fulfilling in its 164 minute run-time.

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Dan Moran’s Favorite Movie Moments from 2017!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 30th, 2017

 This isn’t a Top 10 List. I have a few more movies to check off before I can make that list but I wanted to share some of the moments that wowed me on screen this year.

 BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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Film Review: ‘Molly’s Game’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 25th, 2017

Do you have a girl crush on Jessica Chastain? Do you have a man crush on Idris Elba? If you have any combination of the two, Molly’s Game is going to make you have all the feels. This is a well done film with all the right players and script that packs a punch. Aaron Sorkin (screenplay and first time director) has taken the novel Molly’s Game and turned it into a film that at a run time of two hours and twenty minutes seems fast paced and doesn’t waste your time. While I know literally nothing about poker, this movie kept me entertained and engaged because the story wasn’t the game-it was the players.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Dunkirk’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 19th, 2017

THE FILM


There’s never been a war film like ‘Dunkirk‘, which I’d say is a masterpiece in filmmaking, lead by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Even though Dunkirk cost $150 million to make, you really wouldn’t know it, as it’s simplistic, yet grand view of the Battle and Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is perfectly captured here. Dunkirk is why we still go to the movies. It’s one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and is one of the reasons to get out and see it in IMAX. Other war films try add sweeping music to add an emotional effect or certain camera angles to drum up more dramatic suspense.

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Film Review: ‘Ferdinand’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 13th, 2017

If you were to browse any children’s library, you would likely find a little red book with a stout bull on the cover. The Story of Ferdinand has found its way onto countless best of lists and even created controversy around its rebellious symbolism amidst its release in 1936. The new animated feature ‘Ferdinand‘ is no different in its progressiveness, and the film not only challenges the conventions of commonality, but includes heavy themes such as bullying, trophy sport and even meat packing plants. Director Carlos Saldanha has justifiably brought this gentle giant to life and has created a film that, just like its main character, is more than meets the eye.

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Film Review: ‘Inoperable’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 11th, 2017

Anytime I see a horror movie that no one has ever heard of before, I get very nervous it is going to be an awful waste of time. Not that people didn’t work hard to put something on screen but because it is clear that the creator didn’t care enough to put something remotely decent on screen. I can handle a bad movie when it doesn’t work for me and rate it as such. When a movie is just so poorly constructed and thought out? I hate it.

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Blu-ray Review: The Glass Castle!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 11th, 2017

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You probably have heard the name Jeannette Walls. She is a journalist that was known for her Gossip column for MSNBC, but she is now known world-wide for her amazing novel ‘The Glass Castle‘, which was a memoir about her life growing up with her dysfunctional family. Her novel stayed on the Best Seller list for 261 weeks. If you think about that’s about four years and yes, it’s that good. Of course, Hollywood made a movie about it, which was directed by the amazing Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and starred Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

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‘Leatherface’ is ripping up the Blu-ray World!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 7th, 2017

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘ is perhaps one of the most terrifying and best horror films to ever be released. That was back in 1974. Tobe Hooper and that film really paved the way for many filmmakers and the horror genre over the years that continues to this day. We’ve seen sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, and everything in between since then. The newest film is simply called ‘Leatherface‘, which takes its cue from the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3‘ film. I haven’t seen this yet, but I’ve heard from a few people that it’s the best film since the original one in 1974. I’m not sure what to think about that, but I’ll have answers shortly for you on this. ‘Leatherface‘ acts as a prequel to other films as we get to see how ‘Leatherface‘ became the maniacal being he is known to be.

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If you find yourself in Canada, specifically in Toronto, you’re gonna want to check out the a horror film festival called ‘BITS’ or Blood In The Snow. This is the 6th year of the festival and looks to bring the horror and holidays to one place. Below is a list of all the films that will be shown. I’m looking forward to this, because what’s better than blood and Christmas trees?

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Film Review #2: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 4th, 2017

Taika Waititi legitimately reinvigorated  the marvel brand with Thor: Ragnarok. A lot of the criticism that Marvel movies get is that there are no stakes and we know that the heroes will always win. No kidding? That’s every superhero movie. No one thought Iron Man would die, no one thought Cap would die, no one thought Batman was dead in TDKR, no one thought (cared?) Superman died in BvS. Waititi proves that not taking a paint by numbers destroy the world story too seriously can be a damn blast.

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Written By: Bryan Kluger….

 

A couple of very cool, indie horror movies are making their way to Blu-ray on November 7th from Scream Factory and IFC Midnight. They are ‘Killing Ground‘ and ‘Darkness Rising‘, which you can read about below. Both films are terrifying and very well made, and I hope the filmmakers are on their way to make more movies. I even got to talk with the director of ‘Killing Ground’ – Damien Power a while ago about his process and inspiration in the horror genre. He’s a director to watch out for. I can’t wait for you all to see these.

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Written By: Bryan Kluger

It will be the year 2018 in a couple short months, which bring in the New Year with tons of optimism, new slates, blossoming relationships, low-carb diets, and tons of new, exciting movies. Speaking of movies, Criterion has unveiled the first films they will release for 2018, starting in January, which looks like it’s gonna be BADASS! I mean, are we really getting ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Criterion? YES, yes we are. Does that mean we will get more John Hughes’ films in the future? Let’s hope so. Below you can read about each release.

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Written By Bryan Kluger:

THE FILM

(This film review portion was written by Dan Moran.)

The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure‘, the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball (‘The Maze Runner‘). All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

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Hey guys, Jana here, 

From Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘, the fifth film in the now iconic, POTC film franchise. The film will sail onto Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD September 19, and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand October 3.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘First Kill’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 3rd, 2017

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In addition to Bruce Willis starring in a ton of mega-budget action films over the years, Willis has also been starring in direct-to-video movies that many of you have never heard of. Three of these films have been directed by a guy named Steven C. Miller, who is in line to direct the sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s Escape Plan. Anywho, this film is called ‘First Kill‘ and pits Bruce Willis as the bad guy here, which is something we don’t often see play out in other films. If that comes as spoiler to you, don’t let it, because Miller has a difficult time in playing the con game with his audience.

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Will Ferrell Set to star in The 100 Year-Old Man!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 23rd, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Will Ferrell has just signed on to star and produce the adaptation of the best-selling book The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared with his producing partner Adam McKay. Jason George (Narcos) is set to pen the screenplay that translates Jonas Jonasson’s 2012 book, which will be distributed by CBS Films.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here…

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas, but rather movie-lover Christmas, because the best film festival of all time – FANTASTIC FEST is up on us. We have the first wave of programming to get you all excited and up in arms about attending this year. If you love films more than life itself, then FANTASTIC FEST is the festival for you. It has everything you could possible want, including horror, sci-fi, action, foreign, documentary, and even adult movies. I’m looking at you X-Rated Supermarket. This year is looks incredible with some excellent films on the block right now. Below is the official press release.

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TV Review: The Lion’s Blaze!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 7th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

 

 

There’s a new animated TV show out there you may not have heard about. It’s called ‘The Lion’s Blaze‘, which reminds me a bit of Rick and Morty if Rick and Morty was knee deep in video games. Judging by the pilot episode, this new animated series has a ton of potential to compete with the best of the recent animated shows out there. It’s funny, quick, and full of great video game references.

 

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Hey guys, Jana here,

Leatherface‘ shows us the origin story of the monster who becomes Leatherface and comes from writer Seth M. Sherwood and directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. The chiller stars Finn Jones, Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, James Bloor and Nicole Andrews. We’ve got the first peek at the poster!

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Film Review: Dunkirk!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 19th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

There’s never been a war film like Dunkirk, which I’d say is a masterpiece in filmmaking, lead by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Even though Dunkirk cost $150 million to make, you really wouldn’t know it, as it’s simplistic, yet grand view of the Battle and Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is perfectly captured here. Dunkirk is why we still go to the movies. It’s one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and is one of the reasons to get out and see it in IMAX. Other war films try add sweeping music to add an emotional effect or certain camera angles to drum up more dramatic suspense.

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4K UHD Reivew: Kong: Skull Island!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 17th, 2017

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THE FILM

We’ve seen a ton of versions of ‘King Kong‘ over the decades from the 1933 version to the Jeff Bridges version in the 1970s, and even more recently, the 2005 version that was directed by ‘Lord of the Rings‘ director Peter Jackson. ‘King Kong‘ has been a staple in entertainment and pop culture since he debuted in the early 30s and he is showing no signs of stopping, thanks to Warner Bros.and Legendary Pictures who are taking their cues from Marvel and creating their own universe called the ‘MonsterVerse‘.

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Celebrate the Life of George Romero!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 16th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan and Jana here….

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What a sad day this is. Just the other day, I was thinking and hoping that George Romero had one more zombie film in him left. That’s not the case as the Godfather of the zombie genre and one of the best filmmakers in the horror genre has died today at the age of 77 from lung cancer. With the past few years, the zombie genre has infiltrated every form of media. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, and tons zombie epics have come in the forms of comic books, TV shows, films, and video games. There wouldn’t be any of this, if it weren’t for George Romero who brought us a super small budget film in 1968 called Night of the Flesh Eaters, later changed to Night of the Living Dead, which gave us the zombie we know today.

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It looks like Disney is releasing more in 4K UHD since they announced their first 4K release with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the other day. I expect the flood gates to open up real soon, which means, Pixar, 2D animated classics, Marvel, and LucasFilm releases will be coming out in 4K. Bittersweet news, I know. Sweet, because it will look amazing in 4K finally. Bitter, because the wallet will take a big hit. Expect to purchase the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ in 4K UHD on October 3rd with the digital version releasing on September 19th.

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Blu-ray Review: The Fate of the Furious!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 13th, 2017

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THE FILM

We’re eight movies into this franchise, which would have you assume that these films would have lost steam, been remade, or have a completely new cast. That’s not the case at all with ‘Fate of the Furious‘ or the 8th installment of the ‘Fast and Furious‘ franchise, because there are no signs of this franchise slowing down, being remade, or losing any of its fun cast.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming to 4K UHD!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 13th, 2017

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I can’t believe it’s finally happening. Disney is releasing their first 4K UHD release with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which couldn’t be a more perfect debut release in the new format. Disney has been holding out for a while now, while other studios have been releasing their new and vintage films in 4K. It was only a matter of time. There will be Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos included on the release as well, along with quite a few fun bonus features. You’ll be able to watch the film on digital platforms, starting August 8th, and purchase the actual 4K UHD Disc on August 22nd. So now I’m impatiently waiting for Disney to start announcing some vintage vault films and shows, re-releasing in 4K UHD. It’s only a matter of time, but expect my wallet to dwindle down with the following announcements.

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Good news, everyone. The horror wizard John Carpenter is heading back to the genre with a new series for the SyFy network called Tales For A Halloween Night. Carpenter will executive produce the series and hopefully direct and write some of the episodes. The series is based off of Carpenter’s own horror anthology in graphic novel form. The search for writers, directors, and actors are currently in full force.

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Alien: Covenant is Coming to 4K and Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 6th, 2017

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Well well well. It’s nowhere near game over man with the Alien franchise or their home video releases. Alien: Covenant is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 15th with an earlier Digital release on August 1st. In addition to the mass roll out of these releases, there will also be Limited Edition Exclusives available at certain retailers. Luckily, there won’t be any bonus features specific to the different retailers like they’ve annoyingly done in the past. These exclusives are basically package-only differences, which you can read about below. It looks like Dolby Atmos will be the preferred audio format along with a ton of extras included. I can’t wait to watch this again.

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The Cabin in the Woods is Coming to 4K!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 5th, 2017

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One of the finer horror/comedy movies to ever be released on the big screen is finally getting the 4K UHD treatment. That movie is The Cabin in the Woods, meaning we will get all those monsters and mermaids in glorious HDR. I just can’t wait to watch this all over again. The 4K release will also come with the standard Blu-ray, as well as the Digital Copy, which will release on September 5th. Below is all the information you’ll need.

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Top 10 Game of Thrones Episodes Thus Far!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 27th, 2017

Dan M., here….

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We are 3 weeks away from Game of Thrones and I have been playing catch up with some of my favorite episodes from the series. Naturally, this turned into a debate with some friends about which episodes are the “best” so I decided to rank my favorite 10 episodes ever. Enjoy!

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Blu-ray Review: T2 Trainspotting!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 20th, 2017

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THE FILM

We all got glassed twenty years ago with Danny Boyle’sTrainspotting‘ movie, and we stuck around for two decades to find out which cunts would come back. Luckily, everyone came back for ‘T2 Trainspotting‘, because this sequel is highly entertaining and has some heart beneath all of the scams, drugs, and violence. Some 20 years later, Renton (Ewan McGregor) is back in Edinburgh after hiding out in Amsterdam from the events of the first film. He runs into Spud (Ewen Bremner) who is still addicted to heroine and is not in a good place. The two eventually meet up with Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), who now owns a run-down pub.

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E3 Round Up (2017)!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2017

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For those of you that aren’t privy, E3 is THE big, annual video game convention, wherein all the developers and companies show off their newest releases.  Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox all come out in force with that sexy new new, as well as PC gaming giants such as Alienware and countless aspiring tech/game up-and-comers. 

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Soundtracks we want to see released on Vinyl!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2017

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I just love soundtracks to movies. I always have and I believe I always will. There is something about a score to a film that just perks me up in all the right ways and inspires my creative side, whether it be to write a screenplay or go back an watch that old film I love. Music is an integral part to films and is considered to be the mojo of every movie. I’m sure we’ve all seen that odd YouTube video of the final scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, where Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca walk down a crowded arena to receive their medals to zero music. It’s super weird and awkward with no music, but just random sound effects of footsteps and a rare cough, laugh, and Chewie’s roar. John Williams did such a great job, as he always does with Star Wars music, but that final scene of music really puts your emotions on full blast. It’s all from the soundtrack too.

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FANTASIA’S 21st EDITION TO FEATURE NUMEROUS WORLD PREMIERES, CANNES SENSATIONS, AND NORTH AMERICAN DEBUTS!

The North American Premiere of Cannes Sensation THE VILLAINESS, World Premiere of new work from Géla Babluani, North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, a special screening of Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, a pair of dazzling new creations from Masaaki Yuasa, and a lifetime achievement award for the legendary Larry Cohen are among the Montreal genre festival’s First Wave announcements

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Film Review: Tatara Samurai!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 7th, 2017

Audrey E., here….

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The Martial Arts genre, or better known as “Black Belt Theater” has had a strong presence in the United States since the beginning of the 1970’s. The Asian film imports have gathered a legion of fans who appreciate the action dominance of some, or the more prowess components of others. In the new Japanese drama, ‘Tatara Samurai‘, Director Yoshinari Nishikôri respectably tries to incorporate both elements, but the outcome is an unfortunate sequence of sluggish storytelling, awful over-acting and combats so laughable, even Bruce Lee would shake his head in disdain.

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Blu-ray Review: John Wick 2

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 5th, 2017

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THE FILM

Ever since Keanu Reeves jumped into the role of John Wick in 2014, we all have wanted a sequel in the worst way. Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch created a monster of a franchise with that film that brought the action genre back to a high point. That first film had a simple story and some of the best action sequences in a long time. Some bad guys steal John Wick’s car and kill his precious puppy dog a few days after his wife dies. Not knowing John Wick is the best assassin in the world, Wick sets out on revenge and literally kills everybody. It was just so good and showed the world what everyone secretly wants to do if some jerk killed your dog. The first film had a modest budget of only $20 million, but ended up making almost $90 million, which leads us to future sequels.

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Film Review #2 ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 30th, 2017

Dan M., here….

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I realize that I am late on this one. I was out of town when it came out and frankly, there were just higher movies on the list I needed to see. Well I got to see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword finally and let me tell you… it is really good. Out of every summer movie this year that I have seen, including Fate of the Furious and Guardians Vol. 2, I left the theater thinking about a sequel to King Arthur the most.

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Dan M., here….

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The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Review #2 of ‘Alien Covenant’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 22nd, 2017

Dan M., here….

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A crew gets a distress signal from a planet. Crew lands on that seemingly abandoned planet. Planet has aliens. Aliens infect or attack humans. A survivor or two must fight said alien to get off the planet. Rinse and repeat. That isn’t to say the Alien: Covenant is a bad movie, it really isn’t but as far as the broad strokes are concerned it is a paint by numbers Alien movie. A marked improvement from Prometheus because it has better characters but the formula to this point is getting a bit stale for me. I didn’t hate this movie. I know it sounds like I did but really I’m just ready for it to evolve a bit more.

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Film Review: Everything, Everything!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 18th, 2017

Audrey E., here….

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It’s no secret that in recent years the Young Adult genre has exploded in popularity, most notably after the phenomenally successful Twilight novel produced box office gold with 2008’s film adaptation. And since then, wherever there’s a bestselling book, there’s surely a major motion picture sticker following suit. At first glance, ‘Everything, Everything‘ might seem like another insufferable adolescent romance, but this one actually explores earnest issues and is surprisingly funny!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Disney invites you to bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations, ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, on Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere June 6. We’re invited behind the scenes for a table read, over 10 minutes of deleted scenes, tons of featurettes and music videos.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 2nd, 2017

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THE FILM

In 1941, Columbia Pictures wanted to make a film that that was current, fun, and had A-List stars. Being the time of World War II and having the iconic actor/dancer Fred Astaire on board, it would seem like the studio had a big hit on their hands with You’ll Never Get Rich, which is a musical comedy that takes place during the war. Even though it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song, this film doesn’t seem to be thought out or well executed on any level.

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4K UHD Review: 3:10 to Yuma!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 1st, 2017

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THE FILM

Filmmaker James Mangold has certainly made a name for himself in the Western genre of cinema with the likes of 3:10 To Yuma and more recently Logan. The guy knows how to tell a thrilling story set in the old west as we’ve seen before. Prior to this 2007 version of the film, author Elmore Leonard (Jackie Brown, Get Shorty), wrote a short story, which was adapted into a 1957 film called 3:10 To Yuma. Mangold thought it would serve as a great remake in these modern times and he wasn’t wrong, while he added a few new story conflicts to this great 2007 version.

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Film Review: ‘Fate of the Furious’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 13th, 2017

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We’re eight movies into this franchise, which would have you assume that these films would have lost steam, been remade, or have a completely new cast. That’s not the case at all with ‘Fate of the Furious‘ or the 8th installment of the ‘Fast and Furious‘ franchise, because there are no signs of this franchise slowing down, being remade, or losing any of its fun cast.

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DIFF Film Review: ‘Berlin Syndrome’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 4th, 2017

Beka P., here….

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Intense. Berlin Syndrome is hold onto your seat, bite your nails, cover your face- intense. The premise of this film may seem far-fetched to some, but it happens more than we would like to accept. The film follows a young Australian photographer, Clare, as she travels to Berlin and meets a handsome stranger, Andi. She ends up going home with him, and by morning she has become a prisoner in his home. The best part about this film compared to other films that have addressed abductions or the relationships between captives and captors is how it unfolds. The beginning of the film, while somewhat slow, is paralleled to how Clare realizes she’s trapped. And then it hits you, as it hits her, and there’s no going back.

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Lionsgate is prepping ‘The Girl With All The Gifts‘ for Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD for April 25, 2017. However, if you just can’t wait to peep the film, it is available On Demand right now. The film stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Dominique Tipper and was based on the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award-winning short story, ‘Iphigenia in Aulis‘ by M.R. Carey.

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Wild Eye Releasing has announced the Digital HD release of Peter Hurd’sThe Control Group‘. The film is available now on cable and digital platforms including iTunes, Dish network, Vudu, Xbox, Google Play, and YouTube. The DVD release is slated for May.

The film stars Brad Dourif (‘The Lord of the Rings‘), Ross Destiche, Jenna Enemy, Justen Jones and Emily Soto.

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Film Review: ‘Trainspotting 2’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 23rd, 2017

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We all got glassed twenty years ago with Danny Boyle’sTrainspotting‘ movie, and we stuck around for two decades to find out which cunts would come back. Luckily, everyone came back for ‘T2 Trainspotting‘, because this sequel is highly entertaining and has some heart beneath all of the scams, drugs, and violence. Some 20 years later, Renton (Ewan McGregor) is back in Edinburgh after hiding out in Amsterdam from the events of the first film. He runs into Spud (Ewen Bremner) who is still addicted to heroine and is not in a good place. The two eventually meet up with Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), who now owns a run-down pub.

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Film Review: ‘Atomica’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 21st, 2017

Audrey E., here….

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A radioactive desert. A stray nuclear power plant. What could possibly go wrong? SyFy thriller Atomica portrays an ambitious and newly promoted Chief Engineer at Auxilisun, played by Abby (Sarah Habel – ‘Whip It‘, ‘Riverdale‘), who is determined to prove herself by volunteering to visit the distant facility that has mysteriously lost communication.

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The upcoming 11th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival, or DIFF, opens March 30 and runs through April 9 for 2017. The festival will celebrate the year of 1967 with a salute to films from that year and we’ve got the full schedule here.

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Film Review: ‘Game of Death’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 15th, 2017

Audrey E., here…

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A resurgence of the 1990s is happening and Hollywood seems to be taking notice with ‘Game of Death,’ a Canadian horror film that opens with bright, pixilated credits – an homage to the decade’s early style of gaming. In a surreal turn of events, a group of seven unlucky millennials: Tom (Sam Earle), Beth (Victoria Diamond), Ashley (Emelia Hellman), Mary-ann (Catherine Saindon), Tyler (Erniel Baez), Kenny (Nick Serino) & Matthew (Thomas Vallieres) after a summer afternoon of drinking and drugs in a pool house, unwillingly become slaves to a board game that, just like ‘Jumanji‘ (can we pretend like the 2017 remake isn’t happening, by the way?), won’t let you quit until it’s finished.

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Well Go USA announces the bonus features break-down in the upcoming ‘The Phantasm Collection‘ coming to Blu-ray and DVD April 11. This limited edition, six-disc Blu-ray box set is packed to bursting with all-new bonus features including a 120-page retrospective book and a reversible poster.

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Film Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 8th, 2017

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We’ve seen a ton of versions of ‘King Kong‘ over the decades from the 1933 version to the Jeff Bridges version in the 1970s, and even more recently, the 2005 version that was directed by ‘Lord of the Rings‘ director Peter Jackson. ‘King Kong‘ has been a staple in entertainment and pop culture since he debuted in the early 30s and he is showing no signs of stopping, thanks to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures who are taking their cues from Marvel and creating their own universe called the ‘MonsterVerse‘.

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Writer director M. Night Shyamalan (‘The Sixth Sense‘) went from one of the most exciting directors to a cliche joke seemingly overnight after ‘The Village‘ and, especially, the floating turd that was ‘Lady in the Water‘. The man heralded as “the next Spielberg” has seen his stock rise in 2015 with ‘The Visit‘ and once again with ‘Split‘ which many put on par with ‘The Sixth Sense‘. It’s ‘Split‘ that is gathering attention today with the announcement from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment of it’s release to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand.

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There is a new trailer for Ridley Scott’sAlien: Covenant‘ movie, which is quickly becoming my most anticipated film of the year. Scott was the first guy who brought us ‘Alien’ back in the late 70s, and now he’s back with a new chapter again. The cast is fantastic and this new trailer just looks amazing. I think I want to become an Alien.

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Blu-ray Announcement: ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 28th, 2017

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Step into a future dystopia when the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, ‘The Girl with All the Gifts‘, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close stars alongside Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in this story of society’s breakdown after the outbreak of an unprecedented plague. Based on the critically acclaimed, Award-winning short story, “Iphigenia in Aulis“ by M.R. Carey, ‘The Girl with All the Gifts‘ Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Pinocchio’ Signature Series!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 13th, 2017

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THE FILM

Pinocchio‘ is hands down one of the best films ever made. And it was made by Walt Disney more than 70 years ago in animated form. That’s no joke. On the surface, ‘Pinocchio‘ seems to be about a wooden toy who wants to be a real boy, but right below the surface, there is so much going on, that I cant help but think that Walt himself and his collaborators had many more things to say with this film, which is to say the least, very different than most Disney movies out there – even today.

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Film Review: ‘John Wick 2’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 8th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Ever since Keanu Reeves jumped into the role of John Wick in 2014, we all have wanted a sequel in the worst way. Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch created a monster of a franchise with that film that brought the action genre back to a high point. That first film had a simple story and some of the best action sequences in a long time. Some bad guys steal John Wick’s car and kill his precious puppy dog a few days after his wife dies. Not knowing John Wick is the best assassin in the world, Wick sets out on revenge and literally kills everybody. It was just so good and showed the world what everyone secretly wants to do if some jerk killed your dog. The first film had a modest budget of only $20 million, but ended up making almost $90 million, which leads us to future sequels.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘ came out in 1974 and became one of the scariest and most inspired film ever made. It paved the way for so many filmmakers down the road, that we’ve seen elements in almost every horror film since then. Filmmaker Tobe Hooper was cemented into the horror cinema favorites back then. In the 1980s, he made a sequel, which was tonally and visually different, but was still met with great praise and like its predecessor, became an instant cult classic. From then, there have been a string of sequels, remakes, and prequels, all of which have received mostly poor critical acclaim. Nobody seems to be doing anything right with this franchise.

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Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are ‘Snatched’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 7th, 2017

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There is a new trailer for a movie called ‘Snatched‘, which stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as mother and daughter who vacation in the tropics together, but somehow end up “snatched” and kidnapped by some evil people. So Goldie Hawn came out of retirement to do this movie? It’s been 15 years since we last saw Goldie in a film, but I guess she is passing the torch to Amy Schumer here. The film is directed by Jonathan Levine who made ‘50/50‘, ‘Warm Bodies‘, and ‘The Night Before‘.

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April Additions To The Criterion Collection!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 18th, 2017

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The Criterion Collection has selected their next group of films that will become part of the collection and will debut in April. Read on for the full listing.

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You’re getting your chance to peep a thrilling genre film that debuted at Fantasia International Film Festival, when ‘Parasites‘ lands on VOD January 24. Chad Ferrin (‘Someone’s Knocking at the Door‘), a true veteran in the horror world, created a thrilling world for the true story of John Colter and his escape from the Blackfoot Indians, just slightly twisted into a new retelling. You can find the film on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and Xbox.

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Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 11th, 2017

Joel H., here…

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Remember what it was like to dream? I’m not referring to our current dreams of better jobs, or more money, or a new car, but dreaming without restriction? As a kid, I dreamed several times of experiencing that bicycle flight in front of the moon with E.T. at the helm. I dreamed of discovering pirate gold and sneaking a kiss from my older brother’s girl like Mikey. I sat in spaceships and fighter jets made of cardboard boxes. I gave life and personality to a slew of GI Joe’s, even little green army men with no functional limbs. I dreamed. There was no lack of depth to those dreams. No impending Trump administration. No knowledge that the guns used for pretend are replicates of actual war machines taking lives every single day. My simple imagination was rampant without knowing otherwise, but I grew up.

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Film Review: ‘Patriots Day’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 11th, 2017

Dan M., here….

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was born in Massachusetts (moved in middle school) love all the sports teams and have close to 40 families members in and around the outskirts of Boston. The only reason I disclose this is because I watched the news closely during this whole ordeal, read two books on the events/survivors, and caught the excellent HBO doc that premiered late last year. I’m not an expert on the event but I feel like I know a bit more than a casual viewer. Most importantly I wasn’t there. I don’t know anyone who was lost. I can’t imagine what it is like to see a tragic event in your life monetized into a film so I am reviewing this strictly as a fan of movies and how it was portrayed as a movie. The politics, timing, and ramifications of turning events like this into films are for others to debate.

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Get ready to start the new year with a scream when Scream Factory releases Collector’s Editions of ‘Poltergeist II‘ and ‘Poltergeist III‘ on January 31, 2017. There are plenty of extras by way of commentaries, featurettes, interviews and more.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer is Here!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 26th, 2016

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This holiday weekend, we were not only given food, gifts, love, kisses, and hugs; but we also received a different type of hug. We got a new face hugger in the ‘Alien: Covenant‘ trailer. Yes, a new ‘Alien‘ film is coming on May 19th, 2017 and is directed by the Ridley Scott, who gave us the original ‘Alien’ film. This is a red band trailer and is all sorts of scary and wonderful. This is the ‘Alien’ movie we’ve been looking for over the past couple of decades, and judging by this trailer alone, this looks to deliver. I really can’t wait to see if anyone in space can hear me scream again.

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The gang’s all here, almost. The cast for ‘Fast & Furious 8‘ reads like a who’s who in Hollywood with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel leading the pack. F. Gary Gray (‘Straight Outta Compton‘) directed the latest in the ‘Fast and the Furious‘ line of films Additional cast includes Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell. The film hits big screens on April 14, 2017.

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THE FILM

It’s a damn shame that every action movie can’t be as good as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘. So many action films will try, but will ultimately fail for a variety of reasons. Pure action filmmaking and movies just don’t get better than this movie. ‘Fury Road‘ is a troubled story to say the least. Original creator George Miller who made the original three ‘Mad Max‘ films had the idea for this fourth installment back in 1998. That’s 17-years ago. This project wasn’t necessarily put on a hold shelf, but a few things had happened to delay the film from being made. From 9-11 to foreign policy, to Mel Gibson’s infamous arrest, there were a variety of things that prevented this movie from seeing the light of day.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Argo’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 8th, 2016

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THE FILM

Ben Affleck’sArgo’ is a brilliantly told film.  Affleck has come a long way since ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Mallrats‘.  In my opinion, Affleck has gotten better with each directorial effort with ‘Gone Baby Gone’, ‘The Town’, and now ‘Argo’, which I think is his best yet.  Not only is ‘Argo’ a great film, it has a smart script, good acting, clever humor in a serious and tragic situation, and impeccable period detail that rivals AMC’s ‘Mad Men’.

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Most people surround themselves with family at this time of year, and a lot of times that can lead to a few drinks in celebration. But how much is festive and when does it turn problematic? These are the questions this documentary, ‘Risky Drinking’ will address and shed some light on what is a serious problem.

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If you’ve missed ‘The Big Lebowski‘, get ready for ‘Going Places‘! It’s a spinoff of the Coen Brothers‘ hit film from 1998 and was written by, directed by, and starring John Turturro. What character could he be playing other than “the Jesus”?! We’ve got your first peek at Turturro from the new film!

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment  has put together a 4K  Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo pack for the holiday season. You can pick up ‘Argo‘, ‘The Town‘, ‘Goodfellas‘ and ‘I Am Legend‘ all at one whack on December 6. Each title will include an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features in HD, and a Digital HD version of the feature film.

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